Snow Dog Exterior at Night | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Dining Area | Higashiyama
Snow Dog TV Room | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Kitchen and Dining Area | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Kitchen and Dining Area with Wooden Floor | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Kitchen with Utensils | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Spacious Bedroom with TV | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Bedroom with Mirror | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Twin Bedroom | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Twin Bedroom with Study Table | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Bunk Beds with Window | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Bedroom with TV | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Bedroom Suite | Higashiyama
Snow Dog Bedroom with Wooden Floor | Higashiyama


(5 customer reviews)

US $167 US $116

Higashiyama – Apartments
1, 2, 3 Bedrooms

Snow Dog is a laidback new apartment complex in the forest alongside Niseko Village resort.

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Snow Dog is a recently block of 26 apartments in the laid back village of Higashiyama, at the base of the Niseko Village ski resort. Watch the snow fall from the trees from the warmth of your abode tucked away in a forest-bound corner of the village, with views through the trees to the ski mountain and the surrounding snow-laden countryside.

Sleeps: 2 – 7 guests (7 Max)
Size: 22 – 86m²
Built: 2017

Snow Dog

English-speaking staff
Front desk
Family friendly
Work space

Ski storage
In-house restaurant
Walk to restaurants
Walk to cafés
Walk to bars

Individual laundries
On inter-resort bus route
Guest ski lift shuttle
Parking space (inquire)
Pet friendly

Snow Dog Exterior Night View | Higashiyama

The recent build means the furniture, design and fittings are all fresh and modern, while the apartments don’t come with a premium price tag. They’re well suited for couples and small groups of friends or family who want to experience the essence of the Japanese mountain holiday experience.

The apartments have well-equipped kitchens for cooking basic meals, and open plan living areas for comfortable dining and relaxation. The upper level apartments have loft levels adding extra space for sleeping and giving the apartments an extra feeling of space. There are Western-style showers in the bathrooms with bathtubs in the Studio rooms. You can do washing in your apartment with internal laundries with washing machine and dryer in all rooms.

There is an onsite Reception with concierge service onsite as well so you can be confident you will be well looked after during your stay. Studios and 1-bedroom apartments sleep 2 guests; while the combination 2 and 3-bedroom apartments sleep 4 to 6 people. Several of the units have bunk bed rooms, and some – the ones with lofts – can sleep an extra person on a Japanese-style futon bed for an additional fee (see “Extras” below).

Snow Dog


• Elevator
• Centralised heating
• Air conditioning

• Forest views
• Village views
• Ski storage

• In-room safe
• Washing machine and clothes dryer
• Work space


• High-speed WiFi

• Wide screen TV

• Apple TV


• Dining table (except studios)
• Oven (except studios)
• Cooktop
• Microwave

• Fridge
• Kettle
• Toaster
• Nespresso machine

• Cutlery/plates
• Cooking utensils
• Dishwashing liquid
• Dishwasher (except studios)


• Western bedding
• Bunk beds (selected rooms)

• En suites (selected rooms)
• Closets

• Hangers
• Cot (see “Extras” below)


• Bath tub (selected rooms)
• Japanese washlet toilet

• Towels
• Body soap

• Shampoo, conditioner
• Hair dryer

See apartment-specific additional features under each individual room listing below
Studios do not have Dishwasher, Oven. Studios only feature bathtubs.

Snow Dog
Apartment Types


Simple, compact yet full of features. The studio includes a kitchenette with IH cooktop, storage space and own two-function washer-dryer in the room. The bathroom features shower and bath. Windows look out over the tranquil snow-covered forests of Niseko Village.

2 guests (2 max)
1 bedroom
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1 : 1 double or 2 singles


Snow Dog Spacious Bedroom with TV | Higashiyama

A lounge area with sofa seating two guests, as well as a table with two chairs add some functionality to the basic studio apartment. Own laundry, a unit bath & shower and kitchenette with IH cooktop provide ample facilities for an extended stay.

2 guests (2 max)
1 bedroom
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1 : 1 double or 2 singles


One bedroom with ample closet space, a desk and chair can be laid out as 1 Queen Double or 2 Singles according to your needs. The living space offers sofa seating for four, while the dining table sits six. The bathroom features toilet and separate shower.  The full-featured kitchen, own laundry and dryer (detergent provided) ensure you are comfortable for an extended stay. Extra guests can stay for an extra charge on the sofa bed in the living room.

2 guests (3 max)
1 bedroom
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles


Snow Dog Twin Bedroom with Study Table | Higashiyama

1 Bedroom with either 1 Queen Double or 2 Singles for its occupants. Ample closet space and windows face out to the forests of Niseko Village in 2 directions. The Living room seats four, while the dining table seats 6. An additional loft area is accessible by ladder and can sleep extra guests on futon style bedding – or makes an additional chill space. 1 bathroom with shower services all guests. A full-feature kitchen and in-room washer-dryer ensures you have everything you need for an extended stay.

2 guests (4 max)
1 bedroom
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1 : 1 double or 2 singles


The master bedroom features a small desk space for your entertainment, and allows either 1 Queen Double or 2 Single beds depending on your preference. The second, smaller bedroom is a bunk bedroom with 1 bunk bed sleeping 2 guests. The living room seats 3 with stylish modern furnishings and a window overlooking the forests of Niseko Village. The living space is open-plan, connecting to the dining/kitchen area. The full-feature kitchen includes 2 IH burners and storage space. One bathroom with shower serves all guests. A washer-dryer unit is included inside the apartment so that you have all you need for your stay. One extra guest can stay on a futon for an extra charge.

4 guests (5 max)
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 bunk (sleeps 2)


The two bedroom loft apartment allows for taller ceilings and more natural light into the open plan living/kitchen/dining area. One master bedroom features either one queen double bed or two singles according to your needs. The second room features a bunk bed, sleeping two with in-built shelving for easy storage. An extra guest can sleep on a futon mattress in the living room. The galley kitchen features all you need to cook up a storm. A removable ladder gives access to the loft space, where an additional guest can sleep on futon mattress.

4 guests (6 max)
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 bunk (sleeps 2)


Combining a 2 bedroom apartment and Studio Suite, this 3 Bedroom apartment features two guest rooms with either one queen double or two singles, and one additional bunk bedroom to sleep 2 guests. Apartments connect internally but are also served by separate external doors – meaning you can choose to mingle when it suits. Two living/entertainment areas separate, with dining table in the larger living area seating six. Full-function kitchen and two washer-dryers mean you have all you need for your winter holiday.

6 guests (7 max)
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 bunk
Bedroom 3 : 1 double or 2 singles


This apartment combines a 2 Bedroom + Loft apartment with a Studio Suite for extended living space and to accommodate larger groups. Two bedrooms give the option of either 1 Queen or 2 Singles to sleep 2 guests each, while the third is a bunk bedroom sleeping 2. The larger living/dining area includes room for 6 at the dining table, a full-feature kitchen and shared bathroom & shower. A smaller living room included in the Studio Suite means privacy when you want it. The two rooms connect internally, but also allow separate access from the staircase hall. The loft in the living room is accessible by a removable ladder, and can sleep an additional guest on futon. The extra loft height provides a roomy, spacious feel to the living space with vaulted ceilings and taller windows.

6 guests (7 max)
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms

Bedroom 1: 1 double or 2 singles
Bedroom 2: 1 bunk
Bedroom 3 : 1 double or 2 singles

Snow Dog

Setting / Atmosphere

Snow Dog is located in the sleepy village of Higashiyama – alongside Niseko Village and just a few minutes walk from the closest lift. Enjoy views of tranquil snow-covered forests and all the peaceful seclusion you could dream of surprisingly close to the ski resort.

Lifts / Transport

The lifts are a 15 minute stroll uphill from the property, but that won’t bother you – property management not only has concierge on site to help you get around, but provides daily free shuttle services to the lifts at Niseko Village every morning as you need.

Restaurants / Bars

There are several very nice little restaurants and bars within a short walk of Snow Dog, as well as one very nice izakaya restaurant in Snow Dog itself.  Within Niseko Village itself is the Hilton Niseko Village hotel (1km), with plenty of restaurants and bars as well.

Need to Know


  • Extra bedding: ¥4000 pp/night (minimum charge 3 nights)
  • Baby cot: ¥5000/booking
  • Child gate: ¥2500/booking
  • Highchair: free on request (limited)
  • Grocery packs available


  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
    (5 nights on special offers)
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 10am
  • Airport transfers and lift passes must be booked with this property


  • We offer the best rates online
  • Rates include government tax and services (some other websites add this at the end)
  • Rates quoted in Yen (JPY)
  • 50% deposit due at booking
  • 50% balance due 60 days before arrival
  • Pay by credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
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Please note all information provided is representative and subject to change. If there are features or services that are imperative to your stay, please check with us and we can confirm.


5 reviews for SNOW DOG

  1. Avatar for Yu-ting Hsieh

    Yu-ting Hsieh (verified owner)

    My stay at snow dog was wonderful, and exceeded my expectations. I stayed at a studio and had the joy of having my own bathtub. Everything was super clean, and detailed instructions to use everything in the room.

    The unit had everything I needed; and even items I didn’t know I did! The kitchen was fully stocked with Tupperware and all sorts of cooking utensils, so I was able to maximize board time by cooking my own meals. If you’re looking to go out every night and party, Snow Dog is probably not the ideal location.

    The shuttle ride to and forth was extremely easy to use, and the drivers were always friendly. It was wonderful that Snow Dog was away from the main ski resorts so it was always super quiet and serene. Nothing quite beats waking up in the morning to a light snow at Snow Dog!

    When I come back to Niseko, I will definitely be staying here again!

  2. Avatar for Violet May Fong

    Violet May Fong (verified owner)

    We have stayed at the Snow Dog for five nights and we have thoroughly enjoyed the stayed. The apartment is great and clean. Well equipped with everything you need from cooking equipments to laundry and dryer.
    The bus ride to the ski fields were very convenient and the bus times had made it very accessible for everyone staying there. It is only a 10 minutes ride to Hirafu town but gives a an insight and beautiful views of the countryside. The area is quiet and peaceful so after a tired day of skiing activities you would like to have a quiet moment and rest up for the next day.
    The staff at the snow dog are very helpful and any information needed they are hey to assist you. The transistion to and from the airports are easy; bus routes are all well planned. The snow dog and ski Japan staff were all very efficient and knowledgeable; they help you with all the transfer, luggages and anything you need.
    I will be happy to come back and stay with snow dog again. Thank you for the hospitality during the stay.

  3. Avatar for Christopher Cumming

    Christopher Cumming

    Snow Dog was an excellent place to stay in Niseko. It is away from the hustle of Hirafu but the shuttle bus running all day means only a 10 min trip into town. The rooms are well appointed,well maintained and clean. All the staff associated with Snow Dog were very friendly and helpful especially the shuttle drivers who offered helpfull information and tips . It is also very close to Niseko Village resort which is the easiest place to access the slopes and other resorts. I highly recommend Snow Dog and cant wait to get back next year. Excellent value for money.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 8 March 2018

    Stayed in February 2018

  4. Avatar for Shops93


    We have stayed in Snow Dog for 15 nights now and have no complaints whatsoever!

    The place is run by Ski Japan, and all employees are Ski Japan as well. This made it super easy to arrange transfers to and from Niseko at the same time as accomodation- they did the lot.

    We arrived into town after the 8pm close of reception (delayed flight) to find the staff had waited for our arrival at the premises- it blew us away. The apartments are clean, modern and very spacious for Japan. Beware the walls are thin however, so be respectful of neighbours.

    To get around, the Snow Dog Shuttle goes to the Hilton (Niseko Village) and Hirafu hourly, and the bus drivers Luke, Josh and Ceasar are awesome dudes who will always help out when they can. Luke in particular gave our family great advice when we all came down with the ‘Hira-flu”, and also gave us some good ideas for local food places.

    There are 2 cafes/restaurants on premises, but having a kitchenette made life so much easier for us. After a month away from home, cooking a meal was a luxury!

    We still have 3 nights here but we couldn’t have picked a better place. Yes it is a 5 minute bus trip to the nearest Niseko Village lifts, but 110% worth it for the amazing facilities and staff of this place. We had family staying in deluxe rooms in the Green Leaf, and Snow Dog ran rings around it both in terms of space and service.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 19 February 2018

    Stayed in February 2018

  5. Avatar for Jemmal7


    We stayed as a group of 6 adults in two apartments. The apartments are very nice, well appointed and of a good size for Japan. Full laundry and kitchen facilities in room is a bonus.

    The location is lovely with the only view out our window of snow covered trees, very peaceful and quiet. It is a few minutes bus ride from the nearest lift (Niseko Village) and 10-15 minutes on the bus to Hirafu, which is the main centre. The hotel has its own shuttle on the hour to and from both places, so the location is not a problem, you just have to plan around the bus schedule.

    There is also a container sandwich shop and a new Japanese restaurant onsite if you don’t feel up to venturing into Hirafu after a long day, plus a good Mexican restaurant easy walking distance 200m down the road.

    Would definitely recommend to travelers looking for good value that don’t mine being a little out of the main area. If you are looking for a lot of nigh life and late nights I would recommend staying in Hirafu though as the last bus back is 10:15 and taxis are expensive if you miss the last bus.
    Ideally it would be great if the bus ran a bit later and every half hour for greater convenience but it’s not a big deal.

    The staff were excellent, incredibly helpful and friendly and the shuttle bus drivers were informative and eager to help.

    Overall a great stay, and would definitely return.

    Tripadvisor Reviewed on 19 Februray 2018

    Stayed in February 2018

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